Trouble meets trouble. Ty Lawson has been traded to the Houston Rockets after the Denver Nuggets had lost hope in his future. Just a week ago, Lawson was pulled over for drunk driving, the 4th time, and the second time this year. At this point, the Nuggets were ready to move forward and start the Emmanuel Mudiay era, that is without Ty Lawson.
The deal for Lawson included a 2017 second round pick being sent to the Rockets in exchange for Kostas Papanikolaou, Pablo Prigioni, Joey Dorsey, Nick Johnson, and a lottery protected 2016 first round draft pick.
Houston now boasts one of the best backcourts in the league with James Harden, Patrick Beverly, and Lawson himself. Even though Beverly had proven himself at the point guard spot, Lawson is an obvious upgrade. He plays with lighting speed and opens up ample opportunities for his teammates to score the ball. Lawson is going to thrive alongside James Harden and Dwight Howard.
With Harden, Lawson will have a partner in crime in the backcourt (no pun intended), and will be able to kick the ball to Harden for easy buckets.
On the other hand, with Howard, Lawson's lighting quick speed will benefit him blowing by defenders and setting up mismatches in the paint. Look for many Sports Center Top 10 alley oops between the new duo.
On paper, this move looks good for the Rockets, but it could actually hurt their chances in the playoffs. In Denver, Lawson was known to be a hindrance in the locker room and to cause trouble on and off the court. After slipping up once again, hopefully the extremely talented guard will be able to clean up his act in a new atmosphere. On the other hand, he may get worse after hanging around Dwight Howard. Sometimes, when trouble meets trouble the results can be disastrous, but in other cases a pleasant surprise of success can come about. Hopefully the latter is the case for the new look Houston Rockets.